Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County to protest at McAllen Hobby Lobby store

Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County to protest at McAllen Hobby Lobby store

POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:00am

Local community activists will line up on Thursday, July 10 in front of the Hobby Lobby store in McAllen to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling allowing employers to deny contraception health insurance coverage to. The protest will run from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and to date, over 50 local residents have confirm their attendance.

On June 30 of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held private or small businesses, based on the owner’s religious beliefs, can be exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement of providing contraceptive coverage in employee health plans. In the few days after the ruling, the Court has expanded their interpretation to allow employers to exclude any form of contraception if that coverage is contrary to their religious beliefs.

"Contraceptive coverage is an important issue for women," said Kathryn Hearn, Community Services Director at Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County. "This protest is our community's opportunity to call on Congress to pass legislation that will protect women from corporations interfering in their health care decisions."

Reports show that 97 percent of Latinas who have ever had sex use some form of contraception. When money is tight, however, contraception is an expense likely to be sacrificed. Latinas ages 18-34 are the most likely of all young women to skip taking their birth control when it comes to counting pennies. This sacrifice can be more costly in the long run. Latinas have more than twice the unintended pregnancy rate of non-Latina while women.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Diana DeGette have filed new legislation in Congress that would protect women's health and bans employers from refusing health coverage.

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